Knowing Your Rights could be the Difference Freedom and Jail Time
What happens when you are approached by a Police Officer or a Prosecutor?
Typically, individuals thinks they can talk their way out of situations. That is not the case when the police suspect you of wrongdoing. The Nunzio Law Firm wants to remind you that Loose Lips Sinks Ships. We've outlined a few scenarios and what you should do.
If you are approached by the police, do not say anything. Casual conversation can be a trick the police use to learn information that they will use against you. Ask if you are under arrest. If you are not under arrest, you have the right to leave. Immediately call The Nunzio Law Firm at 616-336-8100, to handle your Pre-Arrest Case.
If you have been arrested, you have the right to remain silent. Relax. Do not try to talk your way out of it. The police will use convincing phrases like, "we'd love to help you out, you just have to talk to us" or "corporate or we can't help you." Ask to call your Lawyer, Damian Nunzio at The Nunzio Law Firm at 616-336-8100. Once you have asked for a lawyer, the police cannot question you until your lawyer is present.
If you have been arrested and are placed in a police car, do not say or do anything. Audio and video is recorded in police cars.
If you are in custody, you have the right to remain silent. The police will read you your Miranda rights - "You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law, you have the right to an attorney, if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you." Use your right to remain silent to your advantage. Tell the police you are using your right to remain silent and tell the Police you wish to speak to a Lawyer. You must say those magic words. Call The Nunzio Law Firm immediately at 616-336-8100.
If are lodged in jail, do not talk about your case to anyone beside your attorney. All jail calls and visits are recorded. Other inmates will "jump your case" (use information you tell them) to get a better deal for themselves. Don't help the police, the prosecution, or other inmates; help yourself by calling The Nunzio Law Firm at 616-336-8100.
If the police ask to search your person, car, or house, you have the right to say no. No matter what the police say, they must have a search warrant OR your permission (unless you are arrested or other exigent circumstances). Do not make their job easier and your defense attorney’s job harder. Call The Nunzio Law Firm right away at 616-336-8100. The police might attempt to convince you that you do not need a lawyer or that only people with something to hide refuse a search. Remind them that you have the right to an attorney and right to refuse a voluntary search.
If you are suspected of a criminal offense, the police will get a search warrant for your cell phone. It does not matter if you delete text messages, the police can contact your service provider. Do not talk about your case via text message.
Whatever you post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or other social media platforms is like sending a direct postcard to the police. All of that information is public and will be used against you in court. Before posting, ask yourself: "Could this information be used against me?" and "Does this have anything relating to my case?" If you answered yes, do not post it.
At The Nunzio Law Firm, we will protect your rights and provide you with the best criminal defense. Help us help you by knowing and using your rights. If you have any questions, call The Nunzio Law Firm at 616-336-8100.